scoop.co.nz 11 Mar, 2021 05:00 am

Resurrected Politically, Lula Goes After Bolsonaro's 'Moronic' Handling Of Covid-19 Pandemic

Resurrected Politically, Lula Goes After Bolsonaro's 'Moronic' Handling Of Covid-19 Pandemic
by Kenny Stancil, staff writer In a speech Wednesday that signaled a potential presidential run, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva condemned Jair Bolsonaro, the South American country's current far-right president, for his catastrophic mishandling ...

by Kenny Stancil, staff writer In a speech Wednesday that signaled a potential presidential run, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva condemned Jair Bolsonaro, the South American country's current far-right president, for his catastrophic mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic crisis.Though Lula said he "doesn't have time to think about a 2022 candidacy now," some observers interpreted his vow to "fight tirelessly" for Brazil and denunciation of Bolsonaro as evidence of his official return to the political arena, with i characterizing the event as an attempt to "set the stage" for a likely presidential run.The people need jobs," Lula said, criticizing Bolsonaro's pro-gun policy as well as his inept response to the ongoing economic turmoil, which the former president contrasted with the increased prosperity and reduced inequality that Brazilians experienced when he governed the country from 2003 until 2011.He remains popular with progressives throughout the world for implementing social programs that lifted millions out of poverty.

While Lula could still be tried in the capital Brasília if prosecutors there decide to pursue one of the pending corruption cases, in which no verdicts have yet been reached, the former president remains popular."This country is disorganized and falling apart because it has no government," Lula told a crowd gathered at the metalworkers union in São Bernardo do Campo, where the 75-year-old left-wing icon's political career began as an organizer in the 1970s.

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